On this video Chris Niccolls and Jordan Drake from from the Camera Store in Canada look at a new line of micro 4/3 high end (but not necessarily) highly priced, Cine lenses from a new company called Veydra.
Los Angeles based startup Veydra started with a very successful Kickstarter project last year for high quality premium Cine lenses for micro 4/3 cameras. The idea was to create a very affordable line of high quality Cine lenses that professionals as well as aspiring videographers could buy (or rent) for a relativity low amount of money but still receive the same (or at least close to) the optical level that top of the line (very expensive) lenses by big brand names provide for larger sensors (which are not required for micro 4/3 shooters.
Cameras like the GH4 from Panasonic gained a huge following amongst videographers in recent years, however high quality Cine lenses for the most part are still pretty expensive and so despite the relatively low cost of the GH4, getting that cinematic look was still pretty expensive.
Among the things that Veydra is promising on all its lenses you can find: constant volume focus, 0.8 cinema pitch gears on the iris/focus rings, constant T-Stop, and common front diameter for quick lens changes in a production environment. According to the company, all Veydra lenses exceed 4K resolution and are constructed of the aircraft grade aluminium and optical glass elements with multi-coating for color consistency.
Niccolls and Drake took a series of Veydra for a test and seem to be extremely impressed. We would love to see more Veydras including versions for Sony e-mount and FE-mount and who knows maybe even Canon and Nikon versions in the future (we can dream right?).
Prices for the Veydra line which range from 12mm (24mm in 35mm equivalent) to 50mm (100mm on a 35,, equivalent) all with T2.2 and at prices ranging between $900-$1200 (you can find them on several stores including B&H).
Veydra – in their own words
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